Drama and comedy thrive on a rainbow of moods and emotions. But sometimes it’s easier to just shout at other people to get your point across in a film. Shouting is funny for a number of reasons, because in real life it’s usually reserved for people you actually quite like. Here are 10 movies that show how rewarding it can be to shout at enemies and strangers.
Click the names for clips from each movie, some of which are NSFW due to swearing.
Mel Gibson is now known for his ability to shout obscenities at family members, minorities and the police. But he’s also quite good at pretending to be angry, as demonstrated in Ron Howard’s odd 1996 kidnap thriller Ransom. The video sums it up perfectly.
The guttural purring of Christian Bale as Batman has inspired many parodies, while his real life reputation for ranting is second only to the aforementioned Mr Gibson. But this movie is FULL of people shouting at each other. Dramatic. The clip features five minutes of examples.
This film is more famous for its shouting, vulgar drill sergeant than the other 100 minutes of footage. There is an inventiveness in his racist, homophobic diatribe that puts him a league above your typical movie loud mouth.
Malcolm Tucker is an unstoppable freight train of seething Scotch anger and eloquent expletive assembly. He also raises his voice more often than the Consumer Prices Index raises inflation. Boom.
Sir Ben Kingsley does some bewilderingly good shouting as nightmarish psychopath Don Logan in this horrifyingly effective gangster movie.
Brendon Frasier shouting. About scientific theories. While falling for over a minute and a half.
There’s even more of his awesome shouting from later in the film in this clip, when he uses the immortal line “Not with skin on it!” He’s not talking about a banana or some custard.
Charlie Day’s real shouting potential is best showcased by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But since that is an excellent TV show and not a movie, his part in the medium-funny Horrible Bosses will have to suffice. The last act of the film is particularly packed with his cacophonous hollering and he comes close to matching Jeff Garlin in Curb Your Enthusiasm as a favourite comedy shouter.
Denzel Washington can do quiet and cool when required. But mostly he likes to shout stuff and crack wise. When he gets his comeuppance at the end of Training Day, the bravado (and shouting) hits its peak.
One of Al Pacino’s best movies, Dog Day Afternoon also has plenty of world-class shouting, particularly during the climactic moments. Probably avoid the clip if you haven’t seen the film. Instead check it out immediately and report back in a couple of hours.
Not a movie as such. More of an actor and man. But he knows a thing or two about shouting. I’ve heard that he practices by shouting into prams to see if he can silence infants. The clip is a wonderful montage of Nic doing his thing.
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